Iraq - ETC Situation Report #38 (Reporting Period: 14/12/2016 to 19/01/2017)

Situation Report
Originally published



• The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) successfully relocated the Communications Centre (COMCEN) in Sulaymaniyah to the new World Food Programme (WFP) premises.

• A total of 246 humanitarians have registered to access ETC Internet connectivity services since the beginning of the operation.

• The ETC is working on the development of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) and Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) for 2017 with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Situation Overview

On 29 December 2016, military operations in Mosul intensified, causing a massive increase in the number of people fleeing the city. Since 3 January 2017, displacement numbers have averaged about 1,000 people per day. These Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are generally moving to the south and east to camps being run by humanitarian organisations and the government.

A key part of ETC’s response in 2017 is to continue to support the Mosul operation by providing lifesaving communications services as needed in common operational areas. The ETC plans to conduct further assessment missions to new camps to determine the need for its services.

Security telecommunications and Internet connectivity services are being provided in the Mercy Hands office in Qayyarah town and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) office in Qayyarah Airstrip camp, together with Telecoms Sans Frontiere (TSF), member of the ETC. The radio services cover three camps: Jad’ah, Airstrip and Hajj Ali.